Jayant TrewnJayant Trewn, Ph.D.,
ASQ Fellow Lean Six Sigma Master black belt
Performance Coach and Advisor

Jayant Trewn is an Industrial Engineer specializing in Quality Systems design, development, implementation and management.   Jayant has accumulated over a decade of experience working in healthcare organizations such as Spectrum Health Medical Group, Beaumont Hospitals, and service organizations such as Thomson Reuters and Lason Systems, where he built healthcare and service delivery process improvement programs based on lean, Six Sigma and PDCA concepts. He also worked for two years at Thomson Reuters working as Director of Quality Assurance, IP and Science division, managing the quality of acquisition of data for scientific research. Jayant has been teaching quality engineering since 1997 in his roles as Adjunct Professor at Lawrence Technological University, Wayne State University and Oakland University, all in Michigan, in addition to giving quality engineering talks, seminars and workshops at numerous national and international conferences. Jayant has also served as a Research Analyst for Wayne State University, Center for Urban Studies and Office of Strategic Planning from 1993 to 1999. Jayant has written two books, Practical Lean Sigma for Healthcare and Multivariate Statistical Methods in Quality Engineering and he has been published in international journals. Jayant is a Fellow of ASQ and he holds a Doctorate degree in Industrial Engineering from the College of Engineering, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA. He earned his MBA in Information Systems at Wayne State University and his Bachelor of Engineering degree from Madras University, India.

Jacqueline ChestnutJacqueline Chestnut

Jacqueline Chestnut is an Adjunct Instructor for the Master of Science in Industrial Engineering in the A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Lawrence Technological University, Michigan, USA. She earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University, College of Engineering, Greensboro, North Carolina. Dr. Chestnut received a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi. She has published journal and conference papers. Dr. Chestnut has done research projects with General Motors, Jones International University and Lawrence Technological University. Her research interests include human error, simulation, online education, human factors and ergonomics. She is a member of CUR, ASQ and Sloan.

Joseph OgunduDr. Joseph M. Ogundu, MBB
Principal – Emerald Global Consulting Inc.
West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA

A seasoned lean and operations leader with extensive experience in leading change through application of lean business principles, six-sigma, operations management and business process excellence in the automotive, Oil and Gas, Energy and other manufacturing industries and non manufacturing industries. A hands on executive with the leadership credentials in starting new organizations/departments, directing and managing activities of multiple and large scale operations. A change agent that understands the impact of change in an organization and its employees. Experienced in cost savings, cost control, budget control, profit and loss, quality deployment, strategy development and implementation, Quality systems and total quality management. Experienced coach and trainer of lean business principles, Lean Six-Sigma, continuous improvement, project and program management.
Neil G. Murray

Dr. Neil G Murray Jr., DEMS
Engineering Manager
ZF Corporation
ZF Six Sigma Master Black Belt

Neil Murray is currently an engineering manager with ZF Corporation, responsible for the global development and industrialization of airbag control system crash sensors. He is an enthusiastic proponent of Design for Six Sigma tools which are widely employed in the development of these crash sensors.

Neil has forty years of engagement in the Industrial, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering with experience in rubber and plastics molding and electronic product assembly, soldering and testing. This design and manufacturing experience has primarily been in the main-frame computer and automotive industries. He believes that fundamentally, engineering is about solving interesting problems.

Dr. Murray is the author of Rational Process Design & Simulation Modeling with Witness Horizon which is available both as a Kindle ebook and as a more traditional print edition. He is also the co-author of two papers on simulation, Process Failure Mode Effect Analysis and Axiomatic Process Design.

Neil is also the author or coauthor of several patents related to various aspects of crash sensors and sensor manufacturing processes.

Neil is a member of Society for Plastics Engineers and the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He holds a Doctor of Engineering, Manufacturing Systems from Lawrence Technological University and a Master of Manufacturing Systems Engineering from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. His earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Saginaw Valley College in University Center, Michigan..
Duane ShorttDr. Duane Shortt, PE
Founder and President
Numerix Simulation

Duane Shortt, D. Eng, PE, Founder and President of Numerix Simulation - A system simulation consulting firm specializing in developing simulation models of manufacturing processes with expert software to test, validate and predict system behaviors due to changes in strategy in a virtual environment. Dr. Shortt holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University, Masters of Engineering in Manufacturing Systems and a Doctorate of Engineering in Manufacturing Systems from Lawrence Technological University. He is also a registered professional engineer in Michigan.  He has worked for OEM and Tier 1 automotive suppliers including TRW, General Motors, Webasto Roof Systems and Inalfa Roof Systems in a multitude of roles such as testing, manufacturing, product design, new product launch, system optimization and engineering management. His research interests include discrete event simulation, agent based modelling, simulation design of experiments and metaheuristic optimization.

David OgbuakuDr. David C. Ogbuaku
Design and Release Engineer
Ford Motor Company

Dr. David C. Ogbuaku has over 27 years of engineering experience in the automobile industry and has led many teams in system design, product optimization and more. He earned Full Technological certificates in Engineering Production and Plant Engineering from City and Guilds of London Institute (1980). He then moved to the USA where he earned B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and M.S. in Engineering from Prairie View A&M University, Texas (1985 and 1989). His thesis topic is “Laser Beam Induced Mixed Convection- A Theoretical Analysis.” Furthermore, he earned M.S. in Product Development from University of Detroit-Mercy, Detroit, Michigan (2000) and Doctor of Engineering from Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Michigan (2015). His area of specialization is Manufacturing Systems. His dissertation topic is “Validation of a Conformal Radiator Concept for Improved Automotive Packaging.” He joined Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan in 1989 as a design and release engineer and has held design and release responsibilities in Steering Systems, Climate Control Systems, Seating Systems and Core engineering responsibilities in Overhead Systems. He also has wide knowledge and experiences in Cost Optimization, Benchmarking, Program Management, and Advanced Quality Processes. He is well versed in Six-Sigma methodologies.

Dr. Ogbuaku holds a patent in Power Steering Pump apparatus and is a contributor to a technical disclosure in “Steering gear internal rack and seal to reduce nibble and shudder.” He has published a paper in SAE World Congress (2017).

Ishtiaq HussainDr. Ishtiaq Hussain
Manufacturing Process Lead
General Motors Corporation
World Head Quarters
Pontiac, Michigan

Dr. Muhammad Ishtiaq Hussain is Adjunct Faculty in Lawrence Tech University. He earned his Doctoral of Engineering in Manufacturing Systems (DEMS) and Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Engineering (MEMS) Degrees in May 2008 from Lawrence Tech University, Michigan, USA. He also earned Master of Science in Quality from Eastern Michigan University in 2003. Dr. Hussain is a certified DFSS Black Belt from General Motors University and CMI from ASQ. He is currently working in General Motors Corporation Headquarter in Powertrain division in USA. Dr. Hussain has expert level knowledge in the following disciplines.

  • Design of Experiment (DOE)
  • Statistical Process Control (SPC)
  • Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerances (GD&T)
  • Design for Six Sigma (DFSS)
  • Manufacturing Processes & Technology
  • Gauging and Inspection (GR&R)
  • Process Quality Analysis
  • Machining Expert and MQL (green manufacturing) Expert

Dr. Hussain is a source of knowledge to all the GM machining plants. He has launched many New and major GM Powertrain engine programs. Dr. Hussain authored and published several papers in machining and measurement systems.

Muhammad Arif Islam

Muhammad Arif Islam
Functional Safety Manager
Braking Engineering
Active & Passive Safety Technology
Livonia, Michigan

Muhammad Arif Islam is a Functional Safety Manager of Braking Engineering at ZF TRW, Livonia, Michigan. He was a System Safety Engineer and System Engineer at TRW from 2004 to 2012. Mr. Islam was a Reliability Engineer at Ford Motor Company for four years and Reliability Engineer at General Motors Company for one year. He was an Engineer at Kamax LP.

Mr. Islam is highly motivated and result-oriented professional with effective interpersonal communication and strong leadership skills. He has an extensive background in Automotive Functional Safety, System Engineering and Product Development for over 16 years.

Mr. Islam has received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka and MS is Industrial Engineering from Wayne State University.

Muhammad Arif Islam

Ahsanul Karim, Ph.D.
Product Design Engineer 
Engine Performance Development
Ford Motor Company
Dearborn, Michigan

Dr. Ahsanul Karim is an Adjunct Instructor in Industrial Engineering in the A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Lawrence Technological University, Michigan, USA. He is an Automotive Engineer at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan. His work at Ford focused mainly on the areas of turbomachinery, flow mixing, impact of air-breathing system on turbocharger and flow noise (aero-acoustic) using 3D-CFD. He received Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Dr. Karim received Master of Science and Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Illinois Institute in Chicago, Illinois, USA. After receiving Ph. D. he joined Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics Department at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis as a post-doctoral research associate. Dr. Karim has accumulated over a decade of experience in automotive industry as a product development engineer. He is a certified six sigma green belt. He has received numerous Technical Excellence Awards at Ford, including the prestigious Henry Ford Technology Award in 2015 for an innovative design of low flow noise turbocharger. Dr. Karim has published journal and conference papers, and has six US patents, with several new patent applications pending. He is a reviewer for ASME, SAE and IEOM.